Manon review – Kenneth MacMillan’s 50-year-old masterpiece still bewitches
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by Sarah Crompton
2d ago
Royal Opera House, London The Royal Ballet revisits the choreographer’s timeless rags-to-riches work, putting assorted casts through its finely tuned emotional wringer In 2011, at the age of 46, when she had barely danced a classical work for four years, Sylvie Guillem returned to the role of Manon in Kenneth MacMillan’s three-act ballet. She said she wanted to make sure there was nothing new she could find in this, his 1974 dance interpretation of Abbé Prévost’s story of a convent girl who becomes a courtesan and dies when her love for a penniless student overwhelms her determination to make ..read more
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New York City Ballet’s Justin Peck: ‘Trump’s win changed the whole arc of the piece’
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by Lyndsey Winship
4d ago
Ahead of a London show, the choreographer talks about his new Sufjan Stevens musical, community in dance, and how election results can affect his moves When Justin Peck was a teenage ballet dancer, “just a little punk kid, trying to make my way”, he wrote a letter to a musician he admired, the singer-songwriter-producer Sufjan Stevens. He’d heard an orchestral suite Stevens had written, The BQE, and thought this was perfect music for dance. “So I just wrote: ‘Hey, if you would ever want to collaborate or, you know, make a dance or make a ballet, let me know.’ And of course, I didn’t hear back ..read more
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‘It’s like being on a love boat’: the dance trio embraced by Sam Smith and Madonna
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by Lyndsey Winship
6d ago
After choreographing the video for Unholy and the queen of pop’s Celebration tour, French collective (La)Horde are taking a wildly eclectic show to London That thing about never meeting your idols? Not true, say (La)Horde. There was the time Madonna slid into their DMs, for a start. She started following the French dance collective on Instagram. “We wrote, ‘Oh la la, Madonna!’ just to test if she’d see it, and she responded: ‘Hey, hi, want to collaborate?’” Marine Brutti is laughing, still a little in disbelief, as she recalls choreographing the Celebration tour. Then there was the film they m ..read more
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Festival of New Choreography review – the Royal Ballet spreads its wings
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by David Jays
1w ago
Royal Opera House, London Impressive new work from Joshua Junker and Mthuthuzeli November pushes dancers well beyond the classical repertoire Ballet is a heritage art form that craves renewal. Companies often seek a galvanising jolt from artists in other dance styles, but the Royal Ballet’s festival gives classically trained makers a space to spread their wings, with length, large ensembles and strong design. The evening of new works results in confident main stage debuts for two experienced women based in New York and two younger men working in the UK. The only choreographer drawn from the R ..read more
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Cyclone Tracy cleanup to Melbourne Cup upset: archive images of 20th century Australia – in pictures
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by Guardian Staff
2w ago
The Focus exhibition at the National Archives of Australia contains pictures drawn from its collection of almost 11m images. Government photography is usually associated with politics but the photographers also documented the lives of everyday Australians ..read more
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Edinburgh’s Manipulate festival: rubbery robot Swan Lake leads celebration of the unexpected
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by Mark Fisher
3w ago
The annual festival of visual theatre delivers an inventive mix of wry commentary, daft puppetry and high-precision performance You can rely on Edinburgh’s Manipulate festival to give you something you have never seen before. This year, it comes in the form of Simple Machines (★★★★☆), an opening weekend treat by Belgian choreographer Ugo Dehaes. His shtick is that it has become too expensive to employ dancers in his company Kwaad Bloed so he has followed the lead of big business and done away with them. Just as Amazon embraces automation and supermarkets use self-service tills to make us do th ..read more
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Chita Rivera, illustrious Broadway star, dies aged 91
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by Chris Wiegand Stage editor
1M ago
The actor, dancer and singer starred in musicals including West Side Story and Chicago Chita Rivera, one of Broadway’s most illustrious stars, has died at the age of 91. A consummate “triple-threat” entertainer, she was celebrated for her singing, acting and dancing in classic musicals including West Side Story and Chicago. She won Tony awards for best actress in a musical for Kiss of the Spider Woman and The Rink and was given a lifetime Tony award in 2018. A statement was made on Tuesday by her friend and publicist, Merle Frimark, who said: “It is with great sadness that Lisa Mordente, the d ..read more
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Tamara Rojo: ‘Ballet is competing with Netflix – that’s what audiences expect’
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by Lyndsey Winship
1M ago
The former artistic director of English National Ballet has swapped London for San Francisco, where she’s bringing AI and clubbing into the theatre – while passing on the legacy of British dance Tamara Rojo spent 27 years in London before moving to San Francisco just over a year ago. Apart from friends and the theatres, she doesn’t miss it at all. She has sunshine, the sea and a 10-minute walk to work (as opposed to a 90-minute commute). “I really love the city, it feels like home,” she says. London misses her, though. The Spanish ballerina was an astonishing dancer with the Royal Ballet, then ..read more
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Tutu skirt takes centre stage in Paris as Chanel channels ballet trend
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by Jess Cartner-Morley in Paris
1M ago
Designer for haute couture show wanted to 'bring together the power and finesse of bodies and clothes’ Paris fashion has spoken: get ready for the year of the tutu skirt. Chanel has thrown its might behind 2024’s first breakout look, with tulle dancers’ skirts the stars of the haute couture catwalk. Days after the tutu worn by Sarah Jessica Parker in the title sequence of Sex and the City sold for $52,000 (£41,000) in Los Angeles – outstripping the estimate of $8,000-$12,000 expected by auction house Julien’s – Chanel has confirmed ballet as fashion’s new obsession ..read more
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Giselle; Les Noces: The Departure review – the shock of the old
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by Sarah Crompton
1M ago
Coliseum; Woolwich Works, London English National Ballet dance Mary Skeaping’s 70s reworking of the classic ballet with loving care, while Stravinsky’s revolutionary Les Noces holds its own in an ambitious reworking Time blunts the radical. Yet when Stravinsky’s Les Noces sounds across the elegantly transfigured spaces of a former fireworks factory in Woolwich, it rings as shockingly original as it did on its premiere in 1923. Giselle, with Adolphe Adam’s tinkling score wafting across the London Coliseum’s gilded auditorium, not so much. Mary Skeaping’s 1971 production of this great Romantic b ..read more
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